Rivers and creeks are drying up in Morris Farm, a community of about 50,000 inhabitants northeast of Paynesville City.Among the most affected water ways are Mango and Gbeh rivers and Desert Hill and Crab Hole creeks.Several inhabitants of Morris Farm told the Daily Observer during the weekend that they have to get up as early as 4:30 a.m. to be able to get water for domestic use from the remaining hand pumps in the area.Owners of restaurants, tuck shops, bars and other entertainment centers also complained that they are having problems accessing safe drinking water for their customers.“We encountered some serious difficulties in catering to our Christmas Day customers,” restaurant proprietress Hawa B. Giddings said. She added that she has considerably reduced the quantity of food she prepares every day as a result of the constant lack of sufficient water.“I would like for the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) during this dry season to extend its water connection to our community,” Mrs. Giddings said.Resident Milton M. Bleetan said the swamp land, which was brushed and burnt in preparation for planting corn, cucumber, bitter ball and okra, dried up in November. He added that the small creek that he used to rely on to plant cash crops dried up on December 5.“I would like for agriculture extension officers from the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) to come and help us with new methods for planting and maintaining our wells,” Mr. Bleetan pleaded. Many residents, however, said that they still get water from hand pumps in the area, but that they find it difficult to get the quantity of water they need.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly refused to draw comparisons between Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni despite the former’s visibly more aggressive style of leadership in the first of four Tests against West Indies at Antigua.India crushed West Indies by an innings and 92 runs to register their biggest Test victory outside Asia after Kohli slammed his maiden first-class double hundred. The 27-year-old was equally impressive with his bowling changes his attitude to win every match at all costs has understandably gone down well with fans back home. (India eye hat-trick of wins at Jamaica )After taking over from Dhoni, who retired from Test cricket in December 2014, Kohli has led India in 11 matches, winning six of them. He oversaw historic series victories over Sri Lanka and South Africa last year and has also averaged a staggering 60 with the bat during that period.On the eve of the second Test against the West Indies on a green Sabina Park pitch in Jamaica, Kohli continued to inspire confidence – he has urged his team to go for a 4-0 win and asked his players to be dominant right through the series.Dhoni, India’s most successful Test captain, has been guilty of sometimes becoming a little defensive overseas, where his spinners did not necessarily come into play. (Ishant Sharma issues bouncer warning to West Indies )’KOHLI AND DHONI ARE DIFFERENT PERSONALITIES’ But Ganguly, who instilled aggression and fire into touring Indian teams during his tenure from 2000 to 2005, said there was no point comparing India’s current Test and limited-overs captains.advertisement”They (Kohli and Dhoni) are different personalities on the field. It’s too early to compare the two. Maybe Kohli will win it 2-0 or 4-0; we don’t know yet. Dhoni also won the series the last time (2011),” Ganguly told India Today. (Kohli’s aggressive streak fueling Test leadership )Ganguly said Kohli’s real tests would come in England, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand, where India have not done well traditionally.However, Ganguly said that Kohli is the right man to take Indian cricket forward because he has the right attitude.”Kohli brings people to the ground. He is one of my favourites. I like it when he says that it’s time to deliver in Test cricket and that this is no time to learn. He is a spectator’s delight.”DADA’S ADVISE FOR WEST INDIES Meanwhile, Ganguly also had a piece of advise for the West Indies, who have called up 19-year-old speed merchant Alzarri Joseph for the second Test. On a surface that has plenty of grass cover, he said the hosts should play another genuine pacer to partner the impressive Shannon Gabriel.”West Indies will need to get in pace. Leaving grass is not a solution. They need to play a genuine pacer if they are leaving grass on the wicket. I would play Joseph,” he said.West Indies had gone with a top-heavy line-up at Antigua. Gabriel and leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo were the only frontline bowlers. The rest of the bowling workload was shared by skipper Jason Holder and Carlos Braithwaite, military medium at best.A weak attack allowed India to post a massive 566, thanks in no small measures to R Ashwin’s third hundred and a fluent half-century from Amit Mishra.